Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Deadline EXTENDED!

The URCA Symposium Committee is pleased to announce that the deadline for submission of abstracts for the URCA Symposium has been extended. Abstracts are now due on Monday, January 26th at 11:00 a.m. Please contact Diane Bonfiglio (dbonfigl@ashland.edu) if you have any questions about abstract submission. Please see the full Call for Abstracts below.

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The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the Sixth Annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium. This event will highlight the research, scholarly, and creative activities of students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  (Please note: All CAS classes beginning before 4:30 p.m. on April 8, 2015 will be cancelled that day for the Symposium.) 

All students who are declared majors in a program within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to participate in this year’s Symposium.  Current students, as well as December 2014 graduates, are welcome to present their work.  Presenters may choose to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, exhibition, or performance.  All presentations should have a significant research or creative component; examples of such include, but are not limited to, summer research conducted at Ashland University or elsewhere, results of independent study projects, thesis work, literary readings or analysis, musical or theatrical performances, and exhibitions of artwork.

All abstracts submitted require approval of a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the student’s work and can attest to the quality of the work.  At the time of submission, students will indicate who their faculty sponsor is.  The URCA Symposium committee will then contact the sponsor via e-mail to confirm that the sponsor has viewed and approved the abstract.  In approving a submission, a faculty sponsor is indicating that the abstract meets the faculty sponsor’s standard for professional work, and that the abstract is print-ready.  Submissions that have not been approved by a faculty sponsor will not be accepted for presentation.  

Students who wish to present at the Symposium should prepare an abstract in Microsoft Word and email that Word document to the URCA Symposium Committee at au.urca@gmail.com.  Students must copy their faculty sponsors on the email that contains the submission. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015.  NOTE: THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 11:00 A.M. ON MONDAY, JANUARY 26TH. This deadline is firm.

A complete submission must include ALL of the following:

A. Name of Student Presenter(s)
B. Campus AND Home Addresses of Student Presenter(s)
C. Class Year (e.g. junior, senior) and Major(s) of Student Presenter(s)
D. Name of Faculty Sponsor
E. College of Arts and Sciences program in which the work is focused (e.g. Biology, Psychology, Music)
F. Title of the Presentation
G. Preferred Format of Presentation (Poster Presentation, 12 Minute Performance, 12 Minute Oral Presentation, or Art Exhibition)
H. Special Equipment Required (PCs and projectors are provided; if no other equipment is needed, please indicate “No special equipment needed”)
I. Body of the Abstract (250 words or fewer)
J. Anticipated Scheduling Conflicts for Symposium on 4/08/15 (e.g. COBE/COE/CON class meetings, athletic events, other commitments that cannot be moved on this date; if none, please indicate “No scheduling conflicts anticipated”)

Thanks, and we look forward to reading students’ submissions again this year!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Abstracts Are Due Friday!


The first abstracts have arrived in my inbox, and they look fabulous! If you are still working on your submission, keep in mind that it must be emailed to au.urca@gmail.com before 5:00 p.m. this Friday, January 16, 2015. I am so excited to read about the high-quality work that students in the College of Arts and Sciences have produced this year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Counting Down the Days...


Counting down is serious business in my house these days. My children are 6 and 8 years old, and they are keeping careful count of the days until Christmas. The advent calendar pictured here is just one of four advent calendars in the house. Addison and Joshua dutifully update each one within a few minutes of waking up every day.

They're not the only ones counting down. Oh, yes, I am absolutely counting down until Christmas! But that's not why I'm writing this post. The fact is that pretty soon, I could use a standard advent calendar to count down the days until I get to start reading your URCA abstract submissions. As of today, only 28 days remain until the submission due date. Wow! To borrow a few words from the Grinch, "It's practically here!"

I am so excited to get to the very important work of reading your abstracts. As a friendly reminder, abstracts are due at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16th.

(Oh, and in case you are wondering... there are 110 days until the Symposium.)

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful new year!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WRDL's Early Birds Word Hosts Dr. Bonfiglio

Many thanks to 88.9 FM WRDL's Early Birds Word crew for inviting me on to the show to talk about the URCA Symposium!  If you missed the interview, you can listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/wrdl-1/dr-bonfiglio-talks-urca

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Call for Abstracts for the 2015 URCA Symposium


The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for the Sixth Annual College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium. This event will highlight the research, scholarly, and creative activities of students throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, and will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  Please consider submitting your work to the Symposium!

All students who are declared majors in a program within the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to participate in this year’s Symposium.  Current students, as well as December 2014 graduates, are welcome to present their work.  Presenters may choose to give an oral presentation, poster presentation, exhibition, or performance.  All presentations should have a significant research or creative component; examples of such include, but are not limited to, summer research conducted at Ashland University or elsewhere, results of independent study projects, thesis work, literary readings or analysis, musical or theatrical performances, and exhibitions of artwork.

All abstracts submitted require approval of a faculty sponsor who is familiar with the student’s work and can attest to the quality of the work.  At the time of submission, students will indicate who their faculty sponsor is.  The URCA Symposium committee will then contact the sponsor via e-mail to confirm that the sponsor has viewed and approved the abstract.  In approving a submission, a faculty sponsor is indicating that the abstract meets the faculty sponsor’s standard for professional work, and that the abstract is print-ready.  Submissions that have not been approved by a faculty sponsor will not be accepted for presentation.  

Students who wish to present at the Symposium should contact a College of Arts and Sciences faculty member who can act as a faculty sponsor.  When the project is ready, the student should work with the faculty sponsor to prepare an abstract in Microsoft Word and email that Word document to the URCA Symposium Committee at au.urca@gmail.com.  Students must copy their faculty sponsors on the email that contains the submission. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015.  This deadline is firm.

A complete submission must include ALL of the following:
A. Name of Student Presenter(s)
B. Campus AND Home Addresses of Student Presenter(s)
C. Class Year (e.g. junior, senior) and Major(s) of Student Presenter(s)
D. Name of Faculty Sponsor
E. College of Arts and Sciences program in which the work is focused (e.g. Biology, Psychology, Music)
F. Title of the Presentation
G. Preferred Format of Presentation (Poster Presentation, 12 Minute Performance, 12 Minute Oral Presentation, or Art Exhibition)
H. Special Equipment Required (PCs and projectors are provided; if no other equipment is needed, please indicate “No special equipment needed”)
I. Body of the Abstract (250 words or fewer)
J. Anticipated Scheduling Conflicts for Symposium on 4/08/15 (e.g. COBE/COE/CON class meetings, athletic events, other commitments that cannot be moved on this date; if none, please indicate “No scheduling conflicts anticipated”)

Students who would like to see examples of acceptable abstracts may view abstracts from the prior years’ events on URCA blog (http://ashlandurca.blogspot.com).  Additionally, these submission instructions and helpful hints for preparing submissions will be archived on the blog.  The URCA committee will hold an abstract writing workshop in January in order to assist students in polishing their abstracts.  In the meantime, should you have any questions about presenting at the Symposium or the abstract submission process, please don’t hesitate to Dr. Diane Bonfiglio at dbonfigl@ashland.edu.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Submit your URCA Presentation to Posters on the Hill!

The submission site for the Council on Undergraduate Research's annual Posters on the Hill competition is now open!  Undergraduate students who have conducted original research in any of CUR's divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences) are invited to apply to present their work on Capitol Hill to an audience of members of the U.S. Congress.  The deadline for submission is November 5, 2014.  The application process should be relatively simple for students who presented at the URCA Symposium in the spring, since the abstract requirements are similar!  The complete Call for Abstracts can be found by following this link: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/student_events/posters_on_the_hill_call_for_abstracts/  Please note that all AU students who have conducted research are eligible to apply, since AU holds an institutional membership in CUR.  Please contact Dr. Bonfiglio at dbonfigl@ashland.edu if you are interested in applying, so that she can assist you in preparing the submission.

Monday, May 12, 2014

URCA by the Numbers

Did you know...


...in the five years since the URCA program was established, students and their faculty sponsors have worked together to prepare 240 Symposium presentations?  These presentations involved the efforts of 254 students and 87 faculty sponsors representing 18 different academic departments.  Amazing!